Prepaid T-Mobile US MVNO PTel Mobile plans to tweak its pricing plans in a move that will lower the cost of its unlimited talking, texting and slow-speed data offering. The actions come as a wide range of carriers and MVNOs work to modify their prepaid pricing plans and services in an effort to entice new users to their offerings.
After two years searching for a new leader, pioneering online video platform RealNetworks announced that Rob Glaser, who founded the company in 1994, left in 2010 and returned as interim CEO in 2012, will continue onward as permanent CEO. The company announced the appointment a few hours ahead of releasing its second quarter earnings results.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse said the carrier is testing a variety of new pricing options, including plans that could spur more customers to pay for devices through equipment installment plans.
Consumers are fine with usage-based pricing for wireless data but are confused by their plans nonetheless, according to a new report from a government watchdog. The report, from the Government Accountability Office, found that consumers are generally much more concerned about usage-based pricing and data caps for their home broadband service than for their wireless service.
Advertising is a key driver for online video revenues in the Asia-Pacific region, a new report by Digital TV Research says, and along with subscription video on demand (SVOD) will help drive revenue figures upward over the next six years to $10.19 billion.
Sprint will launch a new prepaid brand called Virgin Mobile Custom that will use cloud-based billing and service platform technology from ItsOn, allowing customers create a mobile service plan they can customize on the fly.
Financial analysts are divided over how much of an impact T-Mobile US' new family plan promotion will have on the carrier's subscriber growth and financials, and how the promotion will affect T-Mobile's rivals. The plan could put pressure on AT&T Mobility and Verizon Wireless, but analysts see the impact as being minimal at this point.
T-Mobile US is launching a new family plan promotion that undercuts similar plans from other carriers by around $60 per month for a family of four.
European regulation and competition have already made voice and text roaming affordable and widely used. One way or another, within the next few years, mobile data roaming will also become the norm for the majority travelling to most frequently-visited nations.
Although the company rarely offers a look into how it allocates its resources among its various units, Amazon CFO Tom Szkutak revealed on the retailer's earnings call that the company plans to spend $100 million in this quarter alone on original content for its Prime Instant Video service.